Definitions for meltmɛlt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to become liquefied by heat.

    Category: Physics

  2. to dissolve:

    The lozenge will melt on your tongue.

  3. to diminish to nothing:

    His fortune slowly melted away.

  4. to pass; blend:

    Night melted into day.

  5. to become softened in feeling.

  6. Obs. to be subdued or overwhelmed by sorrow, dismay, etc.

  7. (v.t.)to reduce to a liquid state by heat:

    Fire melts ice.

  8. to cause to dwindle or dissipate.

  9. to cause to change or blend gradually.

  10. to soften in feeling:

    a story to melt your heart.

  11. (n.)the act or process of melting or the state of being melted.

  12. something that is melted.

  13. a sandwich or other dish topped with melted cheese.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of melt:

bef. 900; ME, OE meltan to melt, c. ON melta to digest, Gk méldein to melt



also milt

  1. the spleen, esp. of a cow or pig when used for food.

    Category: Animal Husbandry, Cooking

Origin of melt:

1575–85; dial. (mainly Scots, N England) var. of milt

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thaw, melt, thawing, melting(verb)

    the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid

    "the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"; "the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours"

  2. melt, run, melt down(verb)

    reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating

    "melt butter"; "melt down gold"; "The wax melted in the sun"

  3. dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw, melt(verb)

    become or cause to become soft or liquid

    "The sun melted the ice"; "the ice thawed"; "the ice cream melted"; "The heat melted the wax"; "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"; "dethaw the meat"

  4. mellow, melt, mellow out(verb)

    become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial

    "With age, he mellowed"

  5. melt, meld(verb)

    lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually

    "Hundreds of actors were melting into the scene"

  6. fade, melt(verb)

    become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly

    "The scene begins to fade"; "The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk"

  7. melt, disappear, evaporate(verb)

    become less intense and fade away gradually

    "her resistance melted under his charm"; "her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. melt(verb)ɛlt

    to change from solid to liquid because of heat

    Melt the butter in a large pan.; Eat your ice cream before it melts.


  1. melt(Noun)

    Molten material, the product of melting.

  2. melt(Noun)

    The transition of matter from a solid state to a liquid state.

  3. melt(Noun)

    The springtime snow runoff in mountain regions.

  4. melt(Noun)

    A melt sandwich.

  5. melt(Noun)

    an idiot.

  6. melt(Verb)

    To change matter from a solid state to a liquid state, usually by a gradual heat.

    I melted butter to make a cake.

  7. melt(Verb)

    To change (or to be changed) from a solid state to a liquid state.

    The snowman will disappear; he will melt.

  8. melt(Verb)

    To dissolve, disperse, vanish.

    His troubles melted away.

  9. melt(Verb)

    To be very hot and sweat profusely.

    Help me! I'm melting!

  10. Origin: From meltan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melt(noun)

    see 2d Milt

  2. Melt

    to reduce from a solid to a liquid state, as by heat; to liquefy; as, to melt wax, tallow, or lead; to melt ice or snow

  3. Melt

    hence: To soften, as by a warming or kindly influence; to relax; to render gentle or susceptible to mild influences; sometimes, in a bad sense, to take away the firmness of; to weaken

  4. Melt(verb)

    to be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate temperatures

  5. Melt(verb)

    to dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth

  6. Melt(verb)

    hence: To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear

  7. Melt(verb)

    to lose distinct form or outline; to blend

  8. Melt(verb)

    to disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away


  1. Melt!

    "Melt" / "Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant" is a double A-sided single by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees released in 1982. It was released as the second and final single from the band's fifth album A Kiss in the Dreamhouse; "Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant" does not appear on that album. The sensual lyrics of "Melt!" compare an intense sexual interlude with a lover to dying. Its lyrics can also allude to a S&M encounter. "The Baudelairean imagery of 'Melt' evokes claustrophobic scents of opium, sex and sickly flowers, and lapses into morbidity with lines like, 'You are the melting man and, as you melt, you are beheaded,'" observed Dave Morrison in a review of Twice Upon a Time: The Singles. "OK, it's a touch ludicrous, but a great pop song nevertheless." "Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant" is an adaptation of a traditional French Christmas carol. This track was exclusive to this single, and remained unreleased on album or CD for many years, until the appearance of the Siouxsie and the Banshees box set Downside Up in 2004. Released in late 1982, "Melt!"/"Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant" peaked as a double A-side at number 49 in the UK Singles Chart.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'melt' in Verbs Frequency: #882

Translations for melt

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) become soft or liquid, or to lose shape, usually by heating / being heated

The ice has melted; My heart melted when I saw how sorry he was.

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